Seal Bay Regional Nature Park
On the Comox Peninsula five minutes drive from Copes Islander
Oceanfront B&B, Seal Bay Park offers an varied network of wooded trails.
A steep path leads to the beach where seals, sea lions, bald eagles and
other wildlife can often be seen. On the inland side of the parking area
trails loop through tall forests and around a marsh. The forest canopy makes
for a pleasant place to hike even on cool, rainy winter days.
Amenities and Attractions:
- 714 hectare park with a network of trails winding through
forest, along a deep ravine, down to the ocean, and past a marsh teeming
- Varied trails for hiking, cycling, horseback riding on wheelchair
/ walker access.
- Wheelchair accessable loop ( 2 kilometers - on beach side of the park
Wildlife Viewing Highlights - In the forests you are
likely to hear or see red squirrel, Dark-eyed Junco and Winter Wren. Also
found are Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated
Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Chestnut-backed Chickadee
and many vireos and warblers.
Along the seashore you will see harbour seals. The months from
October through April provide the best seabird viewing, including Common
Loon, Pacific Loon, Horned Grebe, Harlequin Duck, Common Goldeneye, American
Wigeon, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Pelagic Cormorant and possibly
Marbled Murrelet and Rhinoceros Auklet.